05 Sep 2019 by Dan Connor

All the action from a busy Vanarama National League North midweek programme


Midweek fixtures in the Vanarama National League North were spread over three days this week, with sides battling it out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The New Bucks Head played host to the highest scoring game of the week, as AFC Telford United came out 4-3 victors over Gloucester City. It took just two minutes for the first goal of the game to be scored, with Gloucester striking first from a Luke Russe shot before Joe Hanks doubled their lead 15 minutes later.

The home side grabbed a goal back via a Brendon Daniels free-kick, to make it 2-1 at half-time, and then brought the game level in the 60th minute after a Marcus Dinanga strike. For the first time in the game, Telford went ahead, this time following a header from skipper Shane Sutton, and soon they were 4-2 up with a fourth goal scorer in Aaron Williams.

It was a tense final two minutes of the game, after Joe Parker converted a penalty in the 93rd minute to make it 4-3, but The Bucks hung on to complete an emphatic comeback.

Farsley Celtic reacted to the defeat dished out by Alty on Saturday in convincing fashion after beating Bradford (Park Avenue) 3-0 away from home. A fairly uneventful first half ended 0-0, but it wasn’t long before the goals started to fly in, Tom Allan heading home in the 51st minute to make it 1-0.

It took a while before fans saw the ball sink into the back of the net for the second time but it was worth the wait, with Jordan Richards striking the ball between the legs of Jack Bennett in the Avenue goal with 86 minutes on the clock. Ben Atkinson then finished the game off, netting Farsley’s third in the 94th minute.

Gateshead beat Spennymoor Town 1-0 at the Gateshead International Stadium, with what proved the winner coming after just three minutes. JJ O’Donnell latched on to a Nicky Deverdics free-kick to head the ball home.

It was a nailbiting moment as Spennymoor had the opportunity to grab a late equaliser with a dangerous free-kick of their own, but captain James Curtis failed to keep his headed effort down as the score remained 1-0.

Guiseley welcomed then table toppers York City to Nethermoor Park in a game which saw The Minstermen drop down to second place following a 0-0 draw. It was, however, the away side who fashioned the best chance of the game with a point-blank header from Jordan Burrow that was kept out by some heroic goalkeeping by George Sykes-Kenworthy.

Boston United’s trip to Kettering Town ended in a 2-0 victory, with Jay Rollins the only away player on the scoresheet, netting the first goal in the 48th minute.

Kettering’s Sam Cartwright added The Pilgrim’s second after inexplicably heading the ball over his own keeper and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

Kidderminster Harriers were defeated 3-1 by Brackley Town, with Shane Byrne opening the scoring for Brackley after 20 minutes. Thierry Audel doubled their lead shortly after before Corey Davidson pinched one back for the home side on the stroke of half-time, making it 2-1.

However Jimmy Armson put the game to bed in the 66th minute to make it 3-1 and ultimately three points for The Saints.

King's Lynn Town went top of the table following their 3-2 victory over Alfreton Town, as Michael Culnan scored the opener with just two minutes on the clock. Alfie Payne then made it 2-0 after a 20-yard wonder strike, with the score remaining the same until half-time.

Alfreton’s hope of a comeback increased after King's Lynn had Rory McAuley sent off in the 63rd minute. The hope soon looked like turning into reality, with Ben Tomlinson giving Alfreton a lifeline after scoring in the 79th minute, but just as the away side began to build some momentum, the Linnets made it 3-1 with an Adam Marriot strike.

Amari Morgan-Smith made it 3-2 in the 90th minute but it wasn’t meant to be for The Reds with the full-time whistle blown before they could find a third.

With Leamington’s game against Hereford postponed, no more fixtures took place on Tuesday night.

Wednesday saw Blyth Spartans travel to Darlington, a game which saw the visitors lose 2-1, despite going 1-0 up early on after Callum Roberts slipped the ball home after 11 minutes.

The lead did not last long however, with Adam Campbell scoring almost immediately in the 13th minute, and a 25-yard rocket from Stephen Thompson made it 2-1 after 75 minutes.

On Monday evening, Chester travelled to Curzon Ashton in a game that saw them run out 3-1 victors.

An early goal from Matty Hughes made it 1-0 to Chester before Curzon levelled the game with a Matthew Ryan header in the 22nd minute.

A goal from Akwasi Asante shortly into the second half made it 2-1 to the visitors with Kevin Roberts heading home five minutes later to ensure all three points went home with The Seals.

In terms of transfer business around the league, two players have departed and one has signed.

Guiseley defender Nathan Newall has signed a dual-registration deal with Frickley Athletic whilst winger Rod Orlando-Young has left Bradford (Park Avenue) to join Ilkeston Town on a permanent transfer.

The only signing of the week has been Bristol City’s centre-half Tom Harrison who has joined Gloucester on an initial one month loan deal.


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